New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 26:1-35

Isaac and Abimelek

1There was very little food in the land. The same thing had been true earlier, in Abraham’s time. Isaac went to Abimelek in Gerar. Abimelek was the king of the Philistines. 2The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land where I tell you to live. 3Stay there for a while. I will be with you and give you my blessing. I will give all these lands to you and your children after you. And I will keep my word that I gave to your father Abraham. 4I will make your children after you as many as the stars in the sky. And I will give them all these lands. All nations on earth will be blessed because of your children. 5I will do all these things because Abraham obeyed me. He did everything I required. He kept my commands, my rules and my instructions.” 6So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

7The men of that place asked him about his wife. He said, “She’s my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She’s my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me because of Rebekah. She’s a beautiful woman.”

8Isaac had been there a long time. One day Abimelek, the king of the Philistines, looked down from a window. He saw Isaac hugging and kissing his wife Rebekah. 9So Abimelek sent for Isaac. He said, “She’s really your wife, isn’t she? Why did you say she was your sister?”

Isaac answered him, “I thought I might lose my life because of her.”

10Then Abimelek said, “What have you done to us? What if one of the men slept with your wife? Then you would have made us guilty.”

11So Abimelek gave orders to all the people. He said, “Anyone who harms this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”

12Isaac planted crops in that land. That same year he gathered 100 times more than he planted. That was because the Lord blessed him. 13Isaac became rich. His wealth continued to grow until he became very rich. 14He had many flocks and herds and servants. Isaac had so much that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15So they stopped up all the wells the servants of his father Abraham had dug. They filled them with dirt.

16Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us. You have become too powerful for us.”

17So Isaac moved away from there. He camped in the Valley of Gerar, where he made his home. 18Isaac opened up the wells again. They had been dug in the time of his father Abraham. The Philistines had stopped them up after Abraham died. Isaac gave the wells the same names his father had given them.

19Isaac’s servants dug wells in the valley. There they discovered fresh water. 20But the people of Gerar who took care of their own herds argued with the people who took care of Isaac’s herds. “The water is ours!” the people of Gerar said. So Isaac named the well Esek. That’s because they argued with him. 21Then Isaac’s servants dug another well. They argued about that one too. So he named it Sitnah. 22Isaac moved on from there and dug another well. But no one argued about that one. So he named it Rehoboth. He said, “Now the Lord has given us room. Now we will be successful in the land.”

23From there Isaac went up to Beersheba. 24That night the Lord appeared to him. He said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid. I am with you. I will bless you. I will increase the number of your children because of my servant Abraham.”

25Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. There he set up his tent. And there his servants dug a well.

26During that time, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar. His personal adviser, Ahuzzath, had come with him. So had his army commander, Phicol. 27Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me? You were angry with me and sent me away.”

28They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you. So we said, ‘There should be an agreement between us and you.’ We want to make a peace treaty with you. 29Give us your word that you won’t harm us. We didn’t harm you. We always treated you well. We sent you away peacefully. And now the Lord has blessed you.”

30Then Isaac had a feast prepared for them. They ate and drank. 31Early the next morning the men made a treaty with each other. Then Isaac sent the men of Gerar on their way. And they left peacefully.

32That day Isaac’s servants came to him. They told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33So he named it Shibah. To this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

34When Esau was 40 years old, he got married to Judith. She was the daughter of Beeri the Hittite. Esau also married Basemath. She was the daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35Isaac and Rebekah became very upset because Esau had married Hittite women.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 26:1-35

Isak Ne Ɔhene Abimelek

1Afei, ɛkɔm kɛseɛ bi baa asase no so. Saa ɛkɔm kɛseɛ no sene deɛ ɛbaa Abraham berɛ so no. Ɛno enti, Isak tu kɔtenaa Gerar a ɛyɛ Filistifoɔ ɔhene Abimelek kuro mu. 2Ɛhɔ na Awurade yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Isak, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Nkɔ Misraim, na mmom, tena asase a mɛkyerɛ wo no so. 3Tena asase yi so kakra, ɛfiri sɛ, mede saa asase no nyinaa bɛma wo ne wʼasefoɔ, na mede asi ɛbɔ a mehyɛɛ wʼagya Abraham no so dua. 4Mɛma wʼasefoɔ adɔɔso te sɛ nsoromma a ɛwɔ soro, na mede saa nsase yi nyinaa ama wɔn. Ɛnam wʼasefoɔ so na wɔbɛhyira ewiase aman ahodoɔ nyinaa. 5Ɛfiri sɛ, Abraham tiee me nne, dii me nsɛm, mʼahyɛdeɛ ne me mmara nyinaa so.” 6Enti, Isak tenaa Gerar.

7Ɛberɛ a Gerar mmarima bisaa Isak yere Rebeka ho asɛm no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Ɔyɛ me nuabaa.” Ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔsuro sɛ ɔbɛka sɛ, “Ɔyɛ me yere.” Ɔkaa saa asɛm yi, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔsusu sɛ, ɛsiane ne yere Rebeka ahoɔfɛ enti, anhwɛ a, na kurom hɔ mmarima akum no.

8Isak tenaa hɔ kyɛɛ kakra no, ɛda bi, Filistifoɔ ɔhene Abimelek gyina ne mpomma mu na ɔhunuu sɛ Isak regoro ne yere Rebeka ho. 9Ɛno enti, Abimelek soma ma wɔkɔfrɛɛ Isak. Isak baeɛ no, ɔbisaa no sɛ, “Ɔbaa no yɛ wo yere ankasa. Adɛn enti na woka sɛ, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabaa?’ ”

Isak buaa no sɛ, “Mesusuu sɛ, sɛ meka sɛ ɔyɛ me yere a, ne enti, ebia, na wɔakum me.”

10Ɛnna ɔhene Abimelek kaa sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn asɛm na wo ne yɛn adi yi? Nokorɛ a woamma anna adi enti, anka obi bɛtumi afa wo yere no, na wode mmusuo aba yɛn so.”

11Ɛno enti, Abimelek bɔɔ ne manfoɔ no kɔkɔ sɛ, “Obiara a ɔde ne nsa bɛka saa ɔbarima yi, anaa ne yere no, ɛkwan biara so, wɔbɛkum no.”

12Saa afe no ara Yakob dɔɔ afuo. Na Awurade hyiraa nʼadwumadeɛ so. Ne nnɔbaeɛ baa bebree. 13Isak yɛɛ ɔdefoɔ. Nʼahonya kɔɔ so dɔɔso, ma ɔdii taamu. 14Ɔnyaa nnwan, anantwie, ne asomfoɔ bebree, ma ɛyɛɛ saa maa Filistifoɔ no ani beree no yie. Saa anibereɛ yi enti, Filistifoɔ no de dɔteɛ kɔsisii 15abura ahodoɔ a nʼagya Abraham maa ne nkoa tutuu wɔ ne berɛ so no nyinaa ano.

16Ɛbaa saa no, ɔhene Abimelek ka kyerɛɛ Isak sɛ, “Tu firi yɛn asase so, ɛfiri sɛ, wʼahonya dodoɔ aka yɛn ahyɛ.”

17Isak tu firii Gerar kuro no mu, kɔɔ Gerar subɔnhwa mu de hɔ kɔyɛɛ nʼatenaeɛ. 18Enti, Isak maa ne nkoa sane tutuu mmura a nʼagya Abraham maa ne nkoa tutuiɛ a ne wuo akyiri no, Filistifoɔ no sisii ne nyinaa no. Ɔsane de edin korɔ no ara a nʼagya Abraham de totoo mmura no totoo no bio.

19Isak nkoa no tuu abura foforɔ bi wɔ Gerar subɔnhwa no mu, kɔtoo nsuo a ɛyɛ korɔgyenn. 20Nanso, Gerar nnwanhwɛfoɔ ne Isak nnwanhwɛfoɔ gyee abura no ho akyinnyeɛ. Gerar nnwanhwɛfoɔ no kaa sɛ, “Abura yi yɛ yɛn dea.” Yei maa Isak too saa abura no edin Esek, a aseɛ kyerɛ akyinnyegyeɛ abura. 21Isak nkoa no sane tuu abura foforɔ, nanso Gerar nnwanhwɛfoɔ no sane ne wɔn kasakasaa ɛno nso so. Yei maa Isak sane too saa abura no nso edin Sitna, a aseɛ kyerɛ Aperedie. 22Isak gyaa saa abura no hɔ kɔtuu abura foforɔ. Afei, nnipa a wɔne no te hɔ no gyaee no haw a obiara ne no ankasa so bio. Yei maa Isak too saa abura yi edin Rehobot a aseɛ ne “Afei deɛ Awurade abɔ yɛn atenaseɛ na yɛbɛnya yɛn ho wɔ asase yi so.”

23Isak tu firii hɔ kɔɔ Beer-Seba. 24Anadwo no, Awurade yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Mene wʼagya, Abraham Onyankopɔn. Nsuro, ɛfiri sɛ, me ne wo na ɛwɔ hɔ. Ɛbɔ a mahyɛ mʼakoa Abraham enti, mɛhyira wo, na mama wʼasefoɔ adɔɔso, na wɔayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ.”

25Isak sii afɔrebukyia, somm Awurade wɔ hɔ. Ɔsii ntomadan, tenaa hɔ, na ne nkoa nso tuu abura maa no.

26Ɛda bi, ɔhene Abimelek ne ne fotufoɔ Ahusad ne ne sahene Pikol firi Gerar bɛsraa Isak. 27Isak bisaa wɔn sɛ, “Adɛn enti na mo a na mo ne me nka, na mopamoo me firii mo nkyɛn aba me ha ɛnnɛ sɛ morebɛsra me?”

28Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Yɛhunu pefee sɛ Awurade wɔ wʼafa enti, yɛasi gyinaeɛ sɛ, yɛne wo bɛyɛ apam. Apam no bɛda wo ne yɛn ntam. Pene so, na yɛne wo nyɛ saa apam no, 29Ka yɛn ntam sɛ, worenha yɛn, sɛdeɛ yɛn nso, yɛanha wo no. Yɛne wo tenaa yie. Yɛgyaa wo kwan asomdwoeɛ mu. Afei, hwɛ sɛdeɛ Awurade ahyira wo.”

30Isak too wɔn ɛpono, na wɔdidi nomeeɛ de twɛn apam a wɔne no rebɛyɛ no. 31Adeɛ kyee anɔpa no, Isak ne mmarima no kekaa wɔn ho wɔn ho ntam, de sii wɔn apam a wɔayɛ no so dua. Afei, Isak gyaa wɔn kwan, ma wɔkɔɔ asomdwoeɛ mu.

32Ɛda no ara, Isak asomfoɔ bɛkaa abura a na wɔretu no ho asɛm kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛato nsuo.” 33Isak too abura no edin Seba, a aseɛ kyerɛ sɛ “Ntanka abura.” Kuro a akyire no wɔkyekyeree wɔ hɔ no, wɔtoo hɔ edin Beer-Seba a ɛbɛsi ɛnnɛ, wɔda so frɛ hɔ saa ara.

34Esau dii mfeɛ aduanan no, ɔwaree ababaawa bi a na wɔfrɛ no Yudit. Na nʼagya yɛ Hetini bi a ne din de Beeri. Esau sane waree Basmat a nʼagya yɛ Hetini bi a ne din de Elon. 35Nanso, Isak ne Rebeka bo annwo saa awadeɛ no so.